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About Lake Powhatan Campground
Located just minutes from the popular city of Asheville, North Carolina, Lake Powhatan has something for everyone. The campground is convenient to a variety of cultural and natural attractions, including art and music venues, shopping and dining in Asheville, scenic driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, numerous hiking trails and lakeside recreation. Recreation Visitors have a number of different activities to choose from. Kids love the lake's sandy swimming beach and anglers enjoy the calm waters for trout fishing. The French Broad River, popular for fishing, is also nearby. Lake Powhatan also offers visitors boat rentals during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) to paddle around the lake. Note that use of personal watercraft is STRICTLY PROHIBITED due to potential introduction of foreign material to the Lake Powhatan riprarian ecosystem. The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are located near the campground. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend interpretive programs during the summer. Facilities The shaded, private campsites are organized into four loops, all within walking distance of the lake. The facility provides picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills, in addition to restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. A few sites have full hookups. Campers can purchase ice, firewood, and other small sundry items from the on-site campground store. Natural Features The campground is situated in a heavily wooded area on the banks of Lake Powhatan in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The elevation is 2,200 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes thickly forested with hardwoods and conifers. Nearby Attractions Among the more popular nearby destinations are Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, The NC Arboretum and the Biltmore Estate. Charges & Cancellations Any cancellations must be taken care of directly with Note that this facility does not provide refunds for No Shows or incliment weather. ADA Access: N
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
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Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Lake Powhatan Campground is located in North Carolina
35.482 N
-82.63 W
Get Directions
From Asheville, take I-26 to exit 33. Go south approximately 2 miles on State Route 191 to the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area sign. Turn right and follow signs to the campground.
19 Reviews of Lake Powhatan Campground
Great camping, close to Asheville with awesome mountain biking trails

We stayed here on a road trip for a trail race in Brevard in early December. Campground was fairly empty. Site was spacious, with a fire ring and picnic table. Bathroom facilities were great, with free hot showers. Close proximity to Asheville, with its many restaurants and breweries, and very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway as well. We used this as a jumping off point to do some hiking along the blue ridge, with some local beers afterward.

The campground is in the Bent Creek experimental forest, which has some really great trails for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. We have mountain biked here before and loved it. We didn't check out much of the lake, as it was cold when we were there. Really liked this campground!

Great Facilities!

This campground has some of the cleanest and best maintained facilities that I have encountered. There were several trails that we went hiking on in the area and lots of places to go mountain biking nearby. Check-in time is late in the afternoon though, we couldn't go directly to our site once we arrived.

Clean, quiet campground in the woods

We chose this campground to be close to Asheville and the mountain biking trails and weren't disappointed! It is a very well maintained campground and is right in the woods. The only downside is that we weren't able to get any cell reception or wifi. That makes it tough to get work done! We went mountain biking a few times right from our site and the bathrooms were really nice and clean. None of the sites were right on the lake, but the lake is walkable from some areas (all if you are up for a longer walk!). The lake is small and you can't use your own watercraft on it. We stayed in both the Lakeside Loop and the Bent Creek Loop and were happy with both. Our Lakeside Loop sites had full hookups and the Bent Creek site had electricity only. We were in sites 48 and 56 on Lakeside and liked them both. They weren't huge sites, but plenty of room for our RV and Jeep. We had slightly better wifi on our Verizon hotspot at Site 56, but that could have been because it was during the week and there weren't as many people around. We were in Site 35 in the Bent Creek Loop and really liked this site. It had tons of room which worked out perfectly since we had friends coming to tent camp with us. We all fit without a problem at all! I'm only giving it 4 stars because of the lack of cell/wifi.

Great, quiet campground with clean restrooms and hot showers

We took our 5 and 3 year old sons camping here this past weekend and had a great time.

Site: Our site was on the Hard Times loop which offered huge, flat gravel pads (our site was an RV site but also perfect for tent camping since it's pea gravel and not paved). If you have a 6-person or larger tent, opt for a gravel RV site, as you'll get tons more room than the "tent-only" sites which have the tent pad surrounded with railroad ties.

Facilities: Powhatan really takes care of their facilities. Restrooms were cleaned multiple times per day and the showers are clean and the water was actually hot - awesome after a day of hiking before jumping in the sleeping bag. Gate house sells ice and firewood too.

Activities: Tons of trails within Bent Creek but are mainly geared towards mountain bikers. Had to be on constant alert with my kids and dog, as the bikers absolutely bomb down these trails. Similar to hiking in Dupont but with a heavier concentration of mountain bikers. This was the only downside of camping here but there are some great hiking-only trails off the BRP just 30 min away. I wish the trail system worked its way through the campgrounds, as we had to walk a ways down the main paved road to access any trailheads.

Close to town with some bears

We rushed to this campground to make it before the gate closed at 8 PM. There was some bear activity. You are required to put a tent on the gravel pad and not allowed to use the forest floor because it is an experimental forest. We were able to use hammocks outside of the gravel.

This campground has a very strict feel which can be good or bad depending on what you like in a campground. Lots of rules.

There was a beach/lake but we didn't use this. We were mainly using campground because it is close to the NC arboretum and the city of Asheville.

Quiet, shady, calm campground.

Lake Powhatan is a clean, shady campground south of Asheville NC. We initially chose this campground because of the lake! After setting up camp and walking to the lake, we realized it was a very small lake. We set up our tent on a terraced site just off the road and set up a dog run between trees. This was a very private site - perfect for both our dogs and kids! The bathrooms were clean and the loops were hilly which made for a nice walk to the dumpster. We could walk from our site directly to the lake. The sand was nice to play in and the water was very, very warm. The kids enjoyed playing in the warm water before walking back to our campsite for a fire. The campsites varied between level and green and more uneven sites that would be challenging for either a tent or an RV to camp at.

Great Location

A great campground for a trip to Asheville! Spent some time in the lake, on hiking trails, and in town.

Asheville Easy Drive

Love this campground. It's so easy to get around Asheville from here, and you feel like you are out in the country. There is a Lake if you are a swimmer, loads of hiking trail - can get to the botanical gardens with a short hike from there.

Great Location !

Stayed here as we were visiting The Biltmore House and Gardens. Great campground hosts, park is super clean and quiet. Has a great beach and lots of hiking and mountain bike trails. Its part of the National Forest system so its super cheap. Downtown Asheville is only 15 mins away.

A Favorite!

Stayed here for a week last spring, such a great campground, nice semi private sites, shaded. Beautiful area. Love that you can hike and bike right from the campground. The trails in Bent Creek Experimental forest are very nice and very well maintained! As we were leaving last year I was already booking again for a return trip. This has been our favorite campground we've come across and will definitely return! Also super close to the Blue Ridge Parkway for some scenic drives!